Crime

Sepentarium co-owner found not guilty in husband’s murder

Regina Ripa, wife and co-owner of the Serpentarium, was found not guilty in the murder of her husband Larry Dean Ripa.

Carolina Beach man pleads guilty, gets prison time for trafficking meth

Stuart Walling, 47, pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine by transportation and possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Florida man pleads guilty to child sex crimes he committed in Wilmington

Timothy Lee Smith, 58, of West Palm Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty to felony child abuse committing a sexual act against a minor and three counts of taking indecent liberties with children.

Bladen Co. Narcotics Unit looking for trio suspected of selling prescription drugs

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating three men wanted for selling prescription medication.

Habitual felon sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for credit card theft

According to a news release from the Bladen County District Attorney, Anthony Rhiem Holt, 51, was found guilty of stealing a credit card and draining more than $3,000 from the victim’s checking account.

Investigators raid gaming parlors in Columbus County

Investigators with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 160 gaming machines and thousands of dollars in cash from two game parlors near Whiteville Wednesday morning.

Whiteville police investigating overnight shooting

A man was injured in a shooting late Tuesday night, according to the Whiteville Police Department.

Man accused of stealing more than 40 guns from Whiteville pawn shop during Florence

Timothy Ray Davis, 33, has been charged with break-ins at Murf’s Pawn Shop, Suggs and Co. and the Family Dollar located on North J.K. Powell Blvd., according to Major Alan Davis with the Whiteville Police Department.

Dozens of reports of larceny at UNCW during the storm

According to UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson, there have been 36 reports of larceny since Oct. 1, when faculty were allowed to return to campus. In all of 2017, there were 83 larceny reports.

Two suspects sought for thefts from hog farms in Bladen Co.

Two men suspected of stealing property from hog farm facilities have warrants out for their arrests and the Bladen County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding them.

Wilmington woman pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children

A Wilmington woman will spend at least 12 years in prison after she admitted to sexually assaulting three minors.

Raleigh man charged in fatal DWI crash in Surf City

One person was killed in a car accident in Surf City Saturday morning.

Supply man charged with sex crime involving 14-year-old

James Dale Andrews Jr. was arrested and charged Sunday with indecent liberties with a child and selling/distributing tobacco products to a minor.

WPD: Man accused of attacking uncle with machete

A man is accused of attacking his uncle with a machete Sunday, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

3 stole purse from elderly woman in wheelchair at Walmart, NC police say

The victim not only lost money, but “her true concern is a precious, one of a kind photo of her late husband,” police said.

Brunswick Co. man sentenced on federal drug, gun charges

A Brunswick County man has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison on federal drug and gun charges.

Raleigh man who blamed cough syrup in wife’s killing pleads guilty

A Raleigh man accused of stabbing his wife more than 120 times in 2017 has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Citizen complaints lead to narcotics arrests in Bladen County

Bladen County authorities arrested or cited 10 people this week on drug charges after getting tips from community members.

Suspect in Tabor City murder pleads guilty, sentenced to at least 18 years in prison

According to a District Attorney’s Office news release, Vereen participated in the beating death of a Tabor City man on Sept. 2, 2016.

Three juveniles arrested for shooting teen with BB gun while he was playing basketball

Two 12-year-olds and a 14-year-old were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon for their roles in an air pellet gun shooting Thursday evening.

Pender Co. sergeant arrested in domestic dispute no longer employed by sheriff’s office

According to an email from Capt. Jamie Ezzell with the Pender County Sheriff's Office, Daniel Stone was arrested and charged with assault on a female and assault by strangulation for an incident involving his spouse that happened Sept. 30 on Johnson Nursery Road in Willard.

Community members, cops reflect on Florence over coffee

Community members in Boiling Spring Lakes skipped the Kuerig Wednesday morning, instead opting to have coffee with a cop.

Man displaced by Florence accused of raping woman who took him in

A Brunswick County man displaced by Hurricane Florence has been accused of raping a woman who let him stay in her home.

Appeals court reverses order requiring secret peeper register as a sex offender

A state court of appeals has reversed a ruling requiring a man convicted of secretly videotaping women in a public restroom register as a sex offender for 30 years.

Inspector General finds potential fraud involving Wilmington VA Clinic

The Inspector found that the VA overpaid by millions to lease the land underneath the Wilmington clinic from the airport authority. Despite multiple requests, the VA was also unable to provide federally required paperwork detailing competing offers to build the clinic.

Investigators seize personnel file in former school employee’s child rape case

A newly unsealed court document confirms that a relationship between Nicholas Oates and a child involved in a 2016 investigation continued into this summer, ultimately leading to criminal charges being filed.

Man falsely claims to own yacht during burglary call

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department arrested a man who falsely claimed to be the owner.

NC man arrested in connection to theft of high priced sunglasses

Timmy Strickland, 47, of Rocky Mount, NC was arrested in connection to a string of larcenies of high-end sunglasses in various areas.

Warrants obtained in double hit-and-run

Police are searching for a Wilmington man responsible for a double hit-and-run in late August.

Search underway for driver who nearly crashed into crowd of people

Wilmington police are searching for a man who nearly crashed his vehicle into a crowd of people after hitting a downtown street sign earlier this month.

Police still trying to ID man accused of taking inappropriate pics of child

The Wilmington Police Department is still trying to identify a man accused of taking inappropriate pictures of a 9-year-old girl earlier this month.

Fire chief back on active duty after arrest

The Fire Chief for the town of Northwest has been arrested. A person who answered the phone at the fire station said the chief was on voluntary leave at this time.

Feds expected to indict doctor accused of running ‘pill mill’

Federal authorities anticipate filing criminal charges against a doctor accused of operating a “pill mill” out of his Tabor City office.

Do you recognize these men? They're wanted in connection to a truck theft

The Wilmington Police Department is asking for help identifying two men who are wanted in connection to the theft of a truck from Neuwirth Motors on South College Road.

Home daycare owner accused of drugging, tying kids to car seats in dark closet

The 60-year-old woman is in jail, facing nine counts of child endangerment.

Man charged in fatal Wilmington shooting blocks away from back-to-school cookout

Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the fatal shooting of a man just blocks away from a back-to-school cookout in Wilmington last month.

Texas officer killed as police move in to arrest robbery suspects

Police believe the suspects could be linked to 15 robberies since June that targeted bars with Hispanic customers.

Police: Man faked Down syndrome, hired caregivers to bathe him and change his diapers

Police arrested the 31-year-old, who faces charges of fraud and sexual abuse. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff/KNXV/CNN)

Elizabeth Smart outraged by planned release of 1 of her kidnappers

Elizabeth Smart said Thursday the news that one of her kidnappers will be released from prison next week was "a big shock," and she hopes there is a way the woman can be committed to a treatment facility.

Ex-boyfriend of missing AZ woman charged with her death

Kiera Bergman went missing August 4. A bicyclist found her decomposed body in some bushes a month later.

Man said he took cars, posting photos on social media, to ‘be seen by girls,’ authorities say

Terrance Tarleton, 19, faces charges after police said they found photo of stolen cars on Facebook and the cars themselves parked in front of his house.